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Engagement off, French Open over for Wozniacki



BY HOWARD FENDRICH
AP TENNIS WRITER

PARIS (AP) -- About a week after her engagement to two-time major golf champion Rory McIlroy was called off, Caroline Wozniacki exited the French Open in the first round.

The 13th-seeded Wozniacki, a former No. 1 and the runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Open, lost 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 on Tuesday to 64th-ranked Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. It's the first time Denmark's Wozniacki was beaten in her opener at Roland Garros since 2007, her debut at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

At the outset of Wozniacki's post-match news conference, the moderator said: "Caroline would like to make a statement, and after that she will answer questions about today's match."

Then Wozniacki spoke briefly before taking questions, never mentioning McIlroy by name or their scrapped wedding plans.

"I don't really want to talk about my personal life. I hope that you all can understand that," she began, and put her left hand to her chest. "The only thing I really have to say is that, you know, (I want to) thank everybody for their support and sweet messages."

She continued, shrugging her shoulders: "What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me. You know, I just have to move on."

Last week, McIlroy was close to tears while telling reporters that he and Wozniacki decided to split only days after sending out wedding invitations. They began dating in 2011 and were engaged this past New Year's Eve.

On Sunday, McIlroy won a European Tour event in England.

Wozniacki was ranked No. 1 in 2010, and she's been as far as the semifinals four times at Grand Slam tournaments. That includes the U.S. Open in 2009, when she beat Wickmayer at that stage before losing to Kim Clijsters in the final. Clijsters has been working with Wickmayer lately.

Until Tuesday, Wozniacki was 6-1 against Wickmayer. But playing her typical brand of often-passive tennis, Wozniacki allowed Wickmayer to build an 18-3 advantage in winners in the first set. Still, Wozniacki served for that set at 6-5, before getting broken at love.

Wickmayer was asked whether she'd thought about her opponent's mental state.

"We all live difficult times with the boyfriend or when somebody dies or when you have personal issues. We all have our personal issues. Everybody is aware of it, because they're a famous couple. But there are other players who have very personal problems," Wickmayer said. "I think she's strong. She's going to recover."

One on-court issue for Wozniacki is a lingering knee injury that forced her to skip this month's Italian Open.

All told, her run-up to the French Open was hardly ideal.

"You're not prepared for something like this, and (it) came a bit as a shock," Wozniacki said. "I just tried to prepare the best that I could. ... I felt a little bit rusty out there, and it wasn't really a pretty match. But I tried."

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swolshon May 27 2014 at 8:07 PM

Dear Wozniacki: Trust me, there are BETTER, Bigger, and Richer fish out there for you. You just haven't met him yet. . .Better to end a wedding reception than to end a marriage.

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oligun swolshon May 27 2014 at 10:50 PM

Caroline doesn't need anyone biggeror richer. She needs happiness and she will find it.

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raptureus210 oligun May 28 2014 at 8:15 AM

I'm convienced that the main reason most marriages don't last is because most people don't really know their mate as truely friends first. If two people first (before sex) really get to know each other in a healthy, Godly, sexless relationship as friends firs before marriaget, their will be fewer breakups and our childern would have a more stable environment. Today's couples go into a relationship in lust, not knowing the person as friend first. After weeks, months or years has past and the body begin to change, their lustful appearance starts to change, there goes the relationship. True Godly friends will be there for each other. No matter what.

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Janeyre oligun May 28 2014 at 8:51 AM

Thank you oligun. your comments are so refreshing and appreciated...

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cfbeetz May 27 2014 at 8:05 PM

Mcllroyn should have kept his mouth shut. His statement about being freed up after winning last weekend was very insenative.

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miltuc68 cfbeetz May 27 2014 at 9:20 PM

Wonderful spelling in this comment.

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EzinWy May 28 2014 at 12:26 AM

Rory sowed his oats enough to move on too. She was simply - used.

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troglodyte EzinWy May 28 2014 at 6:00 AM

That idea did occur to me!!

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John Ricci May 27 2014 at 9:29 PM

You'll eventually get your game back. Practice, practice, practice for the up coming big tournament. Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate and keep thinking positive thoughts. You can do it and I have all the confidence in your abilities. Have followed you for many years and have seen you win many time at Yale. Best of luck 2 u.

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Diana May 28 2014 at 4:24 AM

I have never thought they were compatible, she is too much the spoilt little girl and he took too long to find out. Better they split.

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bcrd500 May 28 2014 at 8:30 AM

The break-up with McIIroy probably was a major cause of her loss, in the opening round, but Wozniacki hit a wall with her style of playing, in 2010. She does not have a major weapon (example: hard serve) to pull herself out of trouble, in a tight match.

She clings her her father as coach, though it is apparent he has taken her as far as he can. Three years ago, Wozniacki was a young and upcoming star but today she is approaching middle age, in tennis terms, without a formula to win grand slams.

It is possible Wozniacki has reached the zenith of her abilities and if that is correct, she may decide to retire, in the next two years, rather than continuing to struggle to remain, in the top ten. Wozniacki is wealthy so chasing prize money may become boring.

This year may indicate how dedicated she is to developing the necessary weapons to lift her to the top of women's tennis.

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vladimir May 28 2014 at 4:49 AM

Good, she is single and available again !

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jrp1947 May 28 2014 at 3:12 AM

she will bounce back on both courts and find a guy that will make her happy. something tells me we are going to find a wandering golfer but i could be wrong. Maybe she escaped a Tiger situation?

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Janeyre jrp1947 May 28 2014 at 8:54 AM

What a lame comment. Do you really think Tiger is the first cheating husband, or the last? Always bring in the Black guy... What does Tiger have to do with this? Nothing...

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autounionbailout May 28 2014 at 11:14 AM

TO BUSY THINKING ABOUT HIS PUTTER

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Blessed May 28 2014 at 2:34 AM

She's going to be fine, in time, which flies by when you don't want it to but creeps when you're in pain. Keep busy and find positive people to support you and if you have no one positive in your life then become MORE positive yourself; help others more, find new things to do, whatever it takes so long as you don't do anything to hurt yourself or someone else. I've a saying-" Everything will be alright-different, maybe - but ALWAYS alright " and I've not been proven wrong in almost 50 years of Life. Bless you, Dear!

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